ACDI/VOCA

  • Asset-Based Financing Consultant, Bangladesh

    Job Location
    BD-Dhaka
    Type
    Short-term
  • Overview

    Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society.

     

    Asset-Based Financing Consultant, Bangladesh

     

    The Feed the Future Bangladesh Rice and Diversified Crops (RDC) Activity, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the economic development nonprofit organization ACDI/VOCA, catalyzes market systems, increases incomes, and improves food security and nutrition in southwestern Bangladesh. RDC implements its strategy in southwestern Bangladesh, the project’s zone of influence, by facilitating private sector partnerships, which create commercial opportunities and scalable market system impacts to benefit rural households, women, and youth.

     

    Through its ongoing work in Bangladesh and through ACDI/VOCA’s work globally, RDC has seen that smallholder farmers’ use of relevant agricultural machinery and equipment at specific points of the agriculture season can significantly improve production and post-harvest handling of agricultural products, helping to improve product volumes and quality, which can lead to improved incomes. However, financing models for such machinery and equipment is limited in Bangladesh compared to the perceived opportunities for growth. Thus, ACDI/VOCA is looking for an Asset-Based Financing (ABF) Consultant to assist the RDC program to: 

    1. Develop a clear and detailed understanding of the current state of, opportunities in, and constraints to growth for ABF models for agriculture in Bangladesh among all stakeholders, including financial institutions, equipment dealers, potential purchasers and/or renters of equipment, and policies/regulations related to asset-based financing.
    2. Provide a “road map” to RDC with recommendations on how to best promote identified opportunities and mitigate identified constraints in order to facilitate improved models for ABF in the agriculture sector in Bangladesh.

    Responsibilities

    Tasks

     

    The consultant will lead the research and development of this study through the following components:

     

    1. Conduct a research study on asset-based finance using desk review of relevant literature and secondary quantitative data, interviews with RDC staff, and interviews or focus groups with key informants that identify with the groups or stakeholders listed in the research questions above. (Estimated Level of Effort (LOE) for Task 1: 18 working days in Bangladesh plus 5 working days for preparation and work planning.)
    2. Document and present findings from the research study in a clear, concise and usable written report. The consultant is encouraged to utilize creative methods to present findings in ways that facilitate greater readership and usability of information by RDC
    3. Create a written “road map” for RDC based on findings from the research study with recommendations on how RDC could best promote identified opportunities and mitigate identified constraints in order to facilitate improved models for asset-based financing in the agriculture sector in Bangladesh.
    4. Provide a written and oral debrief with the RDC Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Market Systems Support Specialist, DC-based Project Manager, DC-based Director of Catalyzing Investment, senior management, and other relevant staff, as well as representatives from USAID/Bangladesh on the research study and road maps. The consultant is encouraged to utilize creative methods to present findings and recommendations that facilitate greater readership and usability of information by RDC staff and USAID/Bangladesh. Depending on the home location of the consultant, the oral debrief could be conducted remotely. (Estimated LOE for Tasks 2, 3 and 4: 9 working days)

     

    Deliverables

     

    1. Asset-based finance research study written in English using Microsoft Word. The report should be no longer than 25 pages, not including annexes. The report should include: 
    • Description of the study methodology and frameworks used
    • List and demographic breakdown of interviewees and/or focus group participants (sex, age group, geographic location, other as relevant)
    • Findingsthat address the research questions written above, as well as any additional findings that the consultant deems relevant and helpful for this study
    • Bibliography referencing all documents and data reviewed and cited 
    • Copies of any and all tools used, including interviews and focus group guidelines.

    All references to secondary data must be appropriately cited using Modern Language Association, Chicago Manual of Style, or another format that is proposed by the consultant and approved by ACDI/VOCA.

    1. Road map for RDC written in English using Microsoft Word and/or PowerPoint.
    • The road map should include recommendations and a brief guide on how RDC could best promote the identified opportunities, mitigate the identified constraints, and facilitate improved models for asset-based financing in the agriculture sector in Bangladesh.
    • The road map should also include recommendations as to how current funds allocated under RDC and/or future funding from USAID/Bangladesh could be deployed to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate challenges.
    • The road map could be a separate piece of work or could be included as a final section of the asset-based finance research study, provided it is clearly labeled within the greater study.
    • There is no required page limit for this deliverable, but RDC expects the road map to be a succinct, helpful document to provide recommendations for program design and help guide implementation.

    Qualifications

    • Advanced degree in finance, business, economic development, or other related fields required 
    • In-depth understanding and experience with asset-based financing models, preferably in South Asia.
    • Significant experience in and understanding of the rural and agricultural context in Bangladesh.
    • Demonstrated experience in analyzing, offering, consulting on, or implementing micro and small-scale finance models in developing economies, preferably in South Asia, with major preference to Bangladesh.
    • Broad understanding and experience in international development and developing financial markets required, in South Asia.
    • Substantial experience in designing, implementing, and analyzing agricultural and/or small and micro finance analyses and/or assessments in developing economies and rural areas required. 
    • Some knowledge of Bengali is a plus. 
    • Demonstrated capacity in research methods including data analysis, qualitative methods and focus group discussions required. 
    • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about long-term programming.  
    • Demonstrated capacity to analyze complex issues, draw relevant conclusions and produce a comprehensive technical report.
    • Demonstrated understanding of a market systems development approach (M4P) in implementing asset-based financing models. 
    • Strong writing skills with advanced skills in editing and formatting in Microsoft Word. 
    • Consultant must be independent but collaborative, willing to share thoughts and ideas, and able to give constructive feedback. 
    • Cultural sensitivity, particularly in multiethnic and multi-religious contexts. 
    • Fluency in English required.

    Please apply online at www.acdivoca.org/international-jobs. The applications will be reviewed promptly upon receipt, only finalists will be contacted. ACDI/VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

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